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Do we have any ways to prevent the enlargement of prostate?‏

Do we have any ways to prevent the enlargement of prostate? The father of my brother-in-law has been diagnosed for Enlarged prostate. His treatment has started and we are expecting him to get well as soon as possible.

1 answers - 2010-09-11

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Enlargement of prostate gland after age 40 is common in men. This prostate enlargement is called benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH. This is NOT the same thing as prostate cancer. The prostate gland simply enlarges. 

Unfortunately, it is difficult to prevent prostate enlargement; it is often a natural part of the aging process. However, there are ways to prevent enlargement of prostate from causing serious health problems. 

Drink at least eight glasses of water each day. This will help prevent bacteria from accumulating in the bladder and prevent bladder infections. Drinking cranberry juice daily will increase the acidity of the urine, which can also help prevent urinary tract infections. 

Regular prostate exams are recommended so that problems can be caught early. This way treatment can begin as soon as indicated and can prevent problems from getting worse. Enlargement of prostate is often due to BPH but can be caused by more serious problems such as prostate cancer, so regular screenings are important. Prostate screenings include blood tests as well as a digital prostate exam. 

During a prostate exam, the man is usually asked to stand facing the examination table and to bend over so that he is leaning down over the table. The doctor will wear surgical gloves and use lubrication on his or her finger. This is called a digital exam. The doctor will then insert their finger in the rectum to feel the prostate gland. The gland is felt through the walls of the rectum; the gland cannot be felt directly. 
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